Thanks to its economic dynamism, excellent infrastructure and the quality of its hotels, Lyon has become a major European business tourism destination.

Last updated date : 23/08/2022

Economy and higher education

  • 1.38 million inhabitants in Metropolitan Lyon.
  • 2nd leading economic centre in France with European Gross Domestic Product ranked 2nd in France
  • 2nd region in France in terms of health sector development and 2nd French University Hospital
  • 1st French city for its digital technology influence
  • Leading French city in terms of new businesses being set up
  • 102.631 Companies Headquarters and 1500 decision making centres (Sanofi Pasteur, Bio Mérieux, Renault Trucks...)
  • Leading city in 6 sectors: biotechnology, chemistry/environment, digital entertainment, innovative textiles, transport & mobility, energy transition
  •  2nd city for post-secondary studies and in terms of number of students (best student city in 2018-2019 according to l’Etudiant.fr), 13,300 researchers and 550 laboratories in Lyon
  •  More than 40 international NGOs, 

Tourism and heritage

  • 500 ha listed as Unesco World Heritage;
  • A capital of gastronomy;
  • 2nd congress city in France (ICCA - International congress and Convention Association and UAI – Union of International Associations rankings);
  • 2nd French hotel capacity with18,929 rooms in Lyon Metropolis;
  • 200 meeting spaces including 4 major dedicated sites;
  • The Lyon Convention Centrehosts 350 events a year;
  • Lyon holds a hundred shows a year at the main reception structures;
  • Business travel accounted for 66% hotel bookings;
  • 3rd French airport with direct flights to 130 destinations , 3 TGV stations and 5 motorways 5 motorways connecting all major European cities;
  • Lyon Part-Dieu1st international train station in France with 125 000 passengers every day;
  • European capital of smart tourism 2019;
  • Leading French city and 7th global city in the GDS-Index (Global Destination Sustainability Index);
  • 2nd ‘Europe’s Leading City Destination 2021 WTA;
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